Reset Group Policy Settings in Windows 10


If you’ve only done a couple of changes, then you can reset the Group Policy settings individually. To start, press “Win + R,” type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button.




As soon as you press the Enter button, the Group Policy Editor window will open. Here, find and double-click on the policy you want to reset. Typically, the policies you changed will have either “Enabled” or “Disabled” status. In my case, I’m resetting the Aero Shake window to minimize policy.




The above action will open the policy settings window. By default, all policies in the Group Policy Editor are set to “Not Configured.” To reset the policy, all you have to do is select the radio button “Not Configured” and then click on the “OK” button to save the changes.




This action will change the policy to its default behavior. To make the changes take effect, either restart the system or use the below command as an administrator:

gpupdate.exe /force





Now, if you are not sure what policies you’ve changed or if there are many them, then it is not feasible to find and change one at a time. To deal with that, you can just delete the folders where the policy settings are stored. When you delete the folder, Windows will reset all the policies to the default.

To start, search for the Command Prompt in the start menu, right-click on it and then select the option “Run as Administrator.”




The above action will open the Command Prompt with admin rights. Here, copy the below command and execute it.

RD /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"



Now, execute this command:

RD /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers




When you execute the above commands, Windows will not give you any feedback, so don’t worry if you don’t see any confirmation message.

Again, you can either restart your system or use the below command as an administrator to update the Group Policy settings.

gpupdate.exe /force




That being said, there are limitations to this approach. This method will only reset locally stored settings. If your system is being maintained by a network administrator, then you need to contact the admin to make any changes.


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